The Hell’s Gate National Park, located 110 kilometers from Nairobi on the shores of Lake Naivasha, is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It is one of Kenya’s few game parks, covering an area of roughly 68 square kilometers, where you may stroll, run, or cycle among giraffes, Zebra, Gazelles, and other species. Various Hollywood movies have been filmed in this site throughout the years due to the stunning surroundings.
Activities at Hell’s Gate
Aside from game, Hell’s Gate National Park is home to Fischer’s Tower, a remarkable volcanic plug that rises 25 meters above the level valley floor. Climbers of all levels, both experienced and inexperienced, may be seen mounting this intimidating structure.
Along the valley’s margins, majestic cathedral-like cliffs frame the park.
Ol Njorowa Gorge, a 24km long deep canyon bordered with steep cliffs and equipped with hot water springs feeding a stream that flows down the gorge’s bottom as it cuts its way through the rocky and semi-arid surrounding environment, is the jewel of Hell’s Gate. As it winds its way down and out of the National Park, the Gorge expands. It is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous hikes in the area.
Cycling in the park while watching the game and taking in the environment is another popular sport among guests.
This has been made feasible by the availability of rental bikes from a variety of enterprises along the beaches of Lake Naivasha, just 5 kilometers from the Park.
How to Get There
Take the Naivasha matatus from Nairobi to Nyamakima Stage off River Road. Take a matatu to Lake Naivasha from Naivasha town and get out at the KWS marked intersection to Elsa Gate, Hell’s Gate National Park. The Park Gate is a short 2km stroll along the dirt road from this intersection.
If you’re driving, there are two options for getting there. The first, and my personal favorite, the route is the truck-only lower escarpment road to Naivasha, which goes through the historic Catholic Church erected by Italian POWs during World War 2 (WWII.)
The tiniest church in Kenya is said to be this one. Before turning left into South Lake Route, the road passes through Mai Mahiu and Longonot towns. Continue driving past more horticultural fields until you reach the Elsa Gate intersection, where you will turn left again. The second route to Nakuru is along the higher escarpment road. This route takes you through several fantastic escarpment vistas with views of the Great Rift Valley, Mt Longonot, and Lake Naivasha. After that, turn left at the Naivasha exit, drive through Naivasha town and into the ancient Naivasha Road, which leads to Nairobi, and then turn right onto South Lake Road.
The most recent KWS Park admission fees for Hell’s Gate National Park are listed below.
Rock Climbing at Hell’s Gate
Call Simon Kiarie, an experienced rock climbing teacher, on 0720909718 to make the appropriate arrangements for individuals interested in rock climbing instruction on Fischer’s Tower. He’s usually in the Park, and he has enough of gear for large groups of climbers.